In case you somehow missed the horrific leg injury suffered by Louisville’s Kevin Ware Sunday night, there’s some good news to report at least. Following the awful broken leg he underwent successful surgery last night and could actually play basketball again.
University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery Sunday night to repair the gruesome open fracture of his right tibia he suffered during the Cardinals’ 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional final, and he is expected to remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday, U of L announced.
Ware had the bone reset, and a rod was inserted into leg during the operation that lasted about two hours. The wound caused by the bone puncturing through his skin in his lower leg was closed.
U of L’s late-night release said no timetable for recovery has been set, but the early prognosis from U of L sports medicine director Fred Hina – given right after the game while Ware was in surgery – was that Ware is bound for a lengthy recovery, but the injury is not likely a career-ending one.
Hina was part of the team that stabilized Ware’s injury on the court as he was removed on a stretcher.
“It’s an injury that needs to be dealt with in a swift fashion due to the fact that it was open, and there are infection concerns, and then obviously you need to stabilize that fracture,” he said. “One thing you have to establish is, is there circulation below the fracture. Did he disrupt any arteries or veins? Once we establish that, it’s stabilizing the fracture as tight as we can so that it doesn’t move.”
Ware is hopeful he can return to Louisville after Tuesday, then join the Cardinals as they advance to the Final Four in Atlanta, his hometown.
CBS had the good grace to avoid showing the injury after the first couple of replays, and ESPN also would not show it. The gruesome accident was one of the worst injuries you could possibly witness. Our prayers are with Ware for a full recovery.